Dear Santa: Do you know someone who deserves a special gift this Christmas?

The Gazette's ever-popular Dear Santa competition is now officially open.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th November 2017, 8:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:42 am
Will you be writing to Santa this year?
Will you be writing to Santa this year?

So we’re calling on our young readers across South Tyneside to write to us and tell us why they deserve an extra special gift from Santa.

Prizes are available, and seeing as it’s the festive season, we’ll allow younger children to get their parents, grandparents, older siblings or whoever is looking after them to give them a helping hand.

There are only a few weeks left until Santa visits!


All you need to do is start the letter with “I deserve a special gift from Santa because...” and send it via email to [email protected], or fill in and post the coupon on this page.

Make sure you include a picture of the child who is entering, as well as their name, age, address and telephone details for the person entering on their behalf.

We’ll pass the letters on to Santa himself, who’ll choose who he believes deserves a special extra present under their Christmas tree.

There are only a few weeks left until Santa visits!

Rather than just writing a list, please make sure you tell us why you deserve to win the prize, which will be revealed soon.


You can post the coupon to Dear Santa, Shields Gazette, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.

Remember, entries close on Friday, December 8!